Seventh Agrow Award launched
Standard Chartered and Channel i have jointly announced the launch of Standard Chartered - Channel i Agrow Award 2021.
Initiated by Standard Chartered Bangladesh, this is the seventh edition of the award. And this is the third time it is going to be held in partnership with Channel i, said the multinational bank in a press release today.
The award recognises the best performing individuals and institutions for their significant contributions to the country's agriculture sector.
Like last year, exemplary contributions will be recognised in 10 categories: Farmer of the Year – Male; Farmer of the Year – Female; Heroes for Change; Best Journalist (Agriculture); Jury Special; Best Agricultural Organisation in Research, Innovation and Technology; Best Agricultural Organisation in Support & Execution; Best Agricultural Exporter; Best Community as Disaster Fighter; and Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year, the Jury Special category will have a particular focus on indigenous farming, both at the individual or organisational levels.
Speaking at the press conference in Dhaka recently, Naser Ezaz Bijoy, chief executive officer of Standard Chartered Bangladesh, said while Bangladesh's journey of progress had seen the development of its manufacturing and service sectors, the agriculture sector is more vital than ever in the face of the pandemic.
"Through the Agrow Award, I am happy to have partnered with Channel i in honouring the changemakers of the sector for their bravery, innovation and sheer hard work, all of which contributes immensely to our nation's continued progress and prosperity."
Faridur Reza Sagar, managing director of Channel i, said the contribution of the agriculture sector and its heroes towards the progress of the country was not easy to measure.
"We think, along with the government, individuals and organisations have an important role to play in taking this sector forward."
Standard Chartered is playing a major role in this, he said.
"We have been able to highlight the contributions of many individuals and organisation within this sector over the last few years. If through this award we are able to add to their impetus to move forward, we will consider that to be our success."
Shykh Seraj, director and head of news of Channel i, said, "The coronavirus situation serves as a reminder about how vital the agriculture sector is."
"Today, many sectors of our economy can bravely move forward thanks to a large extent the resilience of our agriculture sector. The government has played a vital role in this story of success, like the individuals and organisations working in this sector."
"Honouring the best individuals and organisations within the sector each year is our effort to showcase these success stories."
To date, there have been 44 award winners.
Bitopi Das Chowdhury, head, corporate affairs, brand and marketing of Standard Chartered Bangladesh, and Shahidul Alam Sachchu, general manager for drama and telefilm of Channel i, and the project director of the Agrow Award, were also present.